SAIC launches funding call for innovation projects to help safeguard sector's future
The organisation, headquartered at Stirling University Innovation Park, says more than £500,000 will be split between successful project proposals designed to future-proof Scottish aquaculture and support sustainable growth while minimising its environmental impact, amid signs of a “strong” pipeline of opportunities that could progress into funded projects.
Collaborative research teams involving experts from across the industry, along with Scottish higher education institutions, are invited to submit their applications by the December 7 deadline, and it is specified that in each proposal, research teams “must demonstrate meaningful and measurable impact for the sector”. Additionally, projects should be ready to begin next spring and need to be completed by July 2024.
The SAIC also said recent collaborations it has backed – including three projects valued at a combined £1.1 million – involve efforts to use artificial intelligence and imaging technology to support environmental monitoring, as well as research to boost the use of cleaner fish as an effective, sustainable treatment for sea lice.
The organisation’s chief executive Heather Jones said: “Particularly during challenging times, it is important to continue supporting innovation that will help to shape the future of aquaculture. We look forward to receiving a range of proposals representing all parts of the sector… Scotland has a wealth of expertise and experience in aquaculture to draw upon, and we are keen to support initiatives that reflect that, unlocking opportunities that support rural communities, small businesses and a global supply chain.”
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